Beading

 

Early tubular beads were  made from bones of mammals, birds, fish or reptiles. Stones, wood, berries, seeds, claws, hoofs and teeth were also used as beading material for ornaments and decorations.

http://www.native-languages.org/beadwork.htm

http://www.nativetech.org/glasbead/glasbead.html This site has examples of different tribes bead art and resources from Native American websites.

Another good general site on beads, culture, meanings http://www.kstrom.net/isk/art/beads/beadmenu.html

Introduction of the glass bead to America  http://www.nativetech.org/glasbead/glassour.html

Cultural value of beads http://www.kstrom.net/isk/art/beads/art_bead.html

Excellent example of a beaded Lakota Woman's buckskin dress symbolizing the turtle who is associated with woman and the creation of life. http://www.artsmia.org/world-myths/viewallart/dress_keyideas.html

Examples of Men's special shirts and the decoration on them
http://www.artsmia.org/beauty-honor-tradition/preview.html

Article on the traditional Sioux crafts being revised

http://www.nativepeoples.com/article/categories/Tribes/Sioux/

Bead Weaving Techniques and Analysis by Shelly M Smith and Tara Prindle

http://www.nativetech.org/beadweav/bweav.html

Beadwork Designer (Excellent Interactive website) Play around with this to design patterns and for fit.
For Planning Loom work or Lane Stitch projects
http://www.nativetech.org/beadwork/beadgraph/index.html

More techniques http://www.kstrom.net/isk/art/beads/art_bea2.html

Tips on Sewing Beads to leather

http://www.nativetech.org/glasbead/glastips.html

Appliqué Techniques with Glass Beads

http://www.nativetech.org/glasbead/glasapli.html

Lane Stitch Techniques with Glass Beads
http://www.nativetech.org/glasbead/glaslane.html
http://www.matoska.com/siouxlazystitch.htm

Edging Techniques with Glass Beads

http://www.nativetech.org/glasbead/glasedge.html

Floral and Geometric Design Building Blocks (Patterns)

http://www.nativetech.org/glasbead/glasdesn.html

Looms

Woven Wampum site included for its early loom style http://www.nativetech.org/wampum/wamphist.htm

Weaving beads on a loom http://www.museum.state.il.us/ismdepts/anthro/beads/loom_weaving_lesson.html

 

 

Liquid Silver Necklace, simple, but elegant

 

Spirit bead is in neck at bottom. 2 dark blue beads together in the line. This is my sister's first attempt at beading a bottle and she used wire to string the beads on.

   
   
 June's pipe detail. Excellent example of beadwork.

 

All photos property of June Shaputis